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|Susan Murray Stokes was born in Bournemouth, England and raised in
India and Sri Lanka. She knew early in life that she wanted to paint,
and was fortunate in having access to the traditions of Western
painting, through the good offices of a member of the British Royal
Academy living in Sri Lanka.|
In the early 1960's Susan moved to London
to pursue her studies at the Byam Shaw School of Art. It was at this
time that she accepted a Vogue contract and worked with such legendary
photographers as David Bailey, Bert Stern, Richard Avedon and Irving
Penn. The hectic and somewhat superficial life in New York, Paris and
London led her back to India in quest of meditation in the Himalayas.
Here Susan realized that she had not had time to acquire the grammar of
She returned to New York to search for a teacher, and she
discovered Harvey Dinnerstein at the National Academy of Design*. She
also studied with Daniel Greene at the Art Student's League*. In the
late 70's Susan moved to Boston and studied with R. H. Ives Gammell.
Gammell represented a direct line of descent from the teaching of
Jacques-Louis David [1748-1825] to Paul Delaroche [1797-1856] to
Jean-Leon Gerome [1824-1904] to William McGregor Paxton [1869- 1941].
Gammell's atelier* included no more than five students at any given
time, and it was his hope and intention to pass on the tradition of
picture making to a new generation of painters.
Susan Stokes' work has been
exhibited in many group shows and one woman shows including the Guild
of Boston Artists*, National Arts Club*, the Salmagundi Club*, Portraits
Inc in New York, Painters of Light show in Dallas Texas, Lancaster Festival of Arts show in Ohio, Springville Museum of Art
Utah, Main Street Gallery Nantucket, Francesca Andersons' gallery
in Lexington, and Copley Society*, Boston.
Over the years Stokes has
received awards from the National Academy of Design, American
Artist's Professional League*, Silvermine Guild* Connecticut, Grumbacher Award*, Frank Benson Award from the Guild of Boston
Artists, and the John Singleton Copley Award from the Copley Society*, where
she has qualified as a Copley Master.
Susan Stokes also received a grant from
Earthwatch, sponsored by the Weber Foundation, to accompany a botanical
expedition to Mexico. The New York Graphic Society and Townhouse Press
have published her work. She was chosen to depict a portrait of
Dorothea Dix, for the city of Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. Her portraits
can also be seen at Harvard and Northeastern Universities.
mature work reflects both the diversity of her background and the
strength of her chosen tradition. Each canvas contains both the
organized interplay of abstract patterns and finely rendered aspects of
visual truth. It is the marriage of these two elements design and
fidelity of observation, which have been the criteria used to define
excellence in painting by the harshest of critics which is time.
Murray Stokes lives in Newbury, Massachusetts with her husband, and her two
children who are now in college. She travels in the summer to Nantucket and
the White Mountains in New Hampshire to paint landscapes, and in the
winter she paints primarily portraits.
Guild of Boston Artists
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